National Minimum Wage in Ireland

The National Minimum Wage Act 2000 provides that all employees have to be paid a minimum wage. The act is provided to show how the wage can be calculated and the elements that have to be taken into account.

There has been no increase in the National Minimum Wage in Ireland since 2007. At the moment the national minimum wage is €8.65 per hour worked. This is the wage amount which every experienced adult worker should receive.

The act covers an employee who is not under 18 years of age, if the person is over 18 years of age and who is not in the first two years of employment or if the person is not a trainee undergoing a course of structured training or study.

There are employees who are excluded from the National Minimum Wage Act 2000 including a close relative of the employer or an apprentice within the meaning of the Industrial Training Act 1967 and Labour Services Act 1987.

This act also allows for exceptional circumstances where it’s a possibility that an employer may pay less than €8.65 per working hour to workers who aren’t defined as ‘experienced adult workers.’

For those employees who started employment before the age of 18 and who are still in employment on reaching the age of 18, the rates of pay for the first year of employment over 18 years of age and the second year of employment will apply from the date of their 18th birthday.

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